Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Hallmark lobbies to keep Saturday mail service

Posted by on Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 9:00 AM

A trip to the mailbox could become a weekday kind of thing.
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  • A trip to the mailbox could become a weekday kind of thing.
Sometime today, a representative of the U.S. Postal Service is expected to announce that mail (excluding packages) will no longer be delivered on Saturdays. To those of you who receive a paycheck via direct deposit, this news will likely fall somewhere between what's for lunch and what's for dinner in terms of importance.

But to the world of paper checkers, grocery store circular creators and birthday card senders, it's a big deal. The Washington Post reports that Hallmark has hired a lobbyist to continue its now annual fight to keep the U.S. Post Office from ending Saturday mail delivery. The Post notes that Hallmark spent $240,000 on lobbying efforts in 2012. The U.S. Postal Service maintains that eliminating mail on Saturdays will save more than $2 billion annually and provide badly needed cost cuts for an agency that lost $15.9 billion in the last budget year. Congress may still need to approve the shift from six- to five-day delivery.

If it indeed goes the way of the Pony Express, would you miss mail on Saturdays?

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